A window of opportunity continues to open for Malawi’s young soccer star, Sean McBrams who has left the country on Monday morning to Spain for professional trials.
McBrams and three others were selected in May this year by World Wide Scholarships which offered talent identification exercise in some African countries, including Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia targeting those aged 12-21.
According to World Wide Scholarships (WWS), the talent identification aims at linking the players with career opportunities around the world, partnered with opportunities to open doors for the boys in Spain, Malta and Italy.
“We are proud to announce that six of the boys in the under age of 20 from Malawi, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, have been selected to trial for professional contracts with Villa Valle and Varese Calcio in Italy. This is an unbelievable opportunity for these players to begin a professional career in a country whose team has lifted the World Cup trophy four times. The players: Xavier Mclune (Namibia), Brooklyn Willemse (Namibia), Filippo Micheletti (Namibia), Sean Mcbrams (Malawi), Wise Ndevu (South Africa), Keelan Devilliers (South Africa),” reads a statement by WWS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Munya Maraire.
Another Malawian young star, Thembani Phoya has been selected together with Oscar Lambert (Namibia), Junior Gcabashe (South Africa), Gezile Gcina (South Africa), Tannyth Fourie (South Africa) in the junior age group (14-16) by the AC Milan Technical Centre to return to Italy for a four-month development academy camp from September to December.
“Clubs in Europe are now fully aware of the pipeline of talent from the African continent and they are investing in grooming young players. This will bring knock-on benefits for grassroots soccer as more young players train with the world’s top coaches and bring their tactical knowledge and experience back to Africa to share,” Maraire said.